Consolidation of Political Interest and National Mapping Programs (1950–2010)
In the period following the Second World War and before the Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959, the focus on Antarctica became increasingly a national one, especially from those nations connected by discovery. The idea of ‘‘national claims’’ had been around for 50 years, with individual enthusiasm and flag flying dating back to the times of James Cook and William Smith. Events around the Second World War sharpened interest in Antarctica, including Germany’s challenge to Norwegian interests in Dronning Maud Land and Britain’s reinforcement of its ‘‘rights’’ in the Antarctic Peninsula.
KeywordsAntarctic Peninsula Ground Control Aerial Photography Political Interest Ground Survey
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